temporal line

What was happening in my heart? I could have told you
It hurt. I could have told you I was in love
With something, every second, I did not know how to name,

Much less touch. I think I could have said
When egrets lifted into the sky of my grandmother’s yard
From the green-scummed water of the Tangipihoa

I hated them for their whiteness, for the light
Lift of their wingspan, for how they wheeled and vanished.
Everything I loved went on without me.

T. R. Hummer, from section XIX of “Bluegrass Wasteland,” Bluegrass Wasteland: Selected Poems (Arc, 2005)

anonymous asked:

Hey, I have a question that I hope you can answer! Are bat eared fox skulls diagnostic compared to other fox species? Can you easily ID/tell the difference? Thank you!

Hi Anon!

Bat-Eared Foxes have pretty neat skulls. They are similar to grey fox skulls but there are a few minor differences that help with telling them apart. Unfortunately I only have one Bat-Eared Fox skull to use for comparison so keep in mind that there can be variation between individuals of the same species but these photos will hopefully help give you a general idea of the difference between Bat-Eared Foxes and other species.

Here’s a Bat-Eared Fox, a Red Fox, and a Grey Fox. As you can see, both the Bat-Eared and the Grey have wide temporal ridges (the lines on top of the skull; they are usually U-shaped and very pronounced).

Now here’s the Bat-Eared Fox next to Two Grey Foxes. Very similar shapes and sizes and the Bat-Eared Fox’s temporal ridges are extremely similar in appearance to those of the Grey on the far right.

The Grey Foxes have slightly rounder foramen magums (the hole where the spinal cord attaches) than the Bat-Eared Fox which has a more oval-shaped opening.

Their noses have some variation too. The ends of the nasal bones have different shapes and the shape of the incisive foramina (those two holes at the end of the snout) have a shorter, less curved shape in the Bat-Eared’s skull.

The Bat-Eared Fox also has different-shaped eye sockets than the Grey Fox. Slightly more rounded and the postorbital processes on the frontal bones and the zygomatic arches (at least in this specimen) curve further inward toward each other than in the Grey Foxes.

The Bat-Eared Fox has a larger auditory meatus (the opening on side of the auditory bullae)  too. You can see it in these profile shots. Sorry this one is blurry—Tumblr keeps resizing it poorly.

Hope that helps, Anon! Best of luck!

EDIT: And thanks to @chamorchis for pointing out that Bat-Eared foxes have more teeth than other foxes! They have 50 teeth whereas most other foxes have 42. Mine is missing most of its teeth and I didn’t even think about counting the root holes so my bad!

The Tao is infinite, eternal.
Why is it eternal?
It was never born;
thus it can never die.
Why is it infinite?
It has no desires for itself;
thus it is present for all beings.
The Master stays behind;
that is why she is ahead.
She is detached from all things;
that is why she is one with them.
Because she has let go of herself,
she is perfectly fulfilled.

Lao Tzu - (Tao Te Ching, chapter 7, translation by Stephen Mitchell)

Perhaps, a lot of my readers are just like I was, in their understanding of words like eternal and infinite. For many years, I believed I knew exactly what these words meant. To envision eternity, all I did was imagine a very long time line, infinitely long. I could look at any point on that time line and know that, if I were able to look infinitely into the past, or infinitely into the future, from that point on the time line, I would never come to an end. That was what eternal meant to me. I have to credit C.S. Lewis for actually helping me to see that I had it all wrong. I was certain I was understanding eternity, but I had confined it to a time line. C.S. Lewis explained eternity to me by starting with that time line, yes; but then, he pointed at the space apart from that time line, and said, that is what eternal means. It is timeless. It isn’t part of the time line, and has nothing to do with the time line. All a time line does is give you points in time. Points in the past and points in the future. Our lives began somewhere on that time line. And, they will end somewhere on that time line. C.S. Lewis would go on to say that “God” isn’t on the time line. God can see all of the past, and all the future, at once, spread out as if it is always now.

Enter Lao Tzu. Lao Tzu says the Tao is eternal. Why is it eternal? Because it was never born; thus it can never die. Yes, I understand this, now. The Tao isn’t on that time line, either. It was never born, so you can’t point to the time line and say, “There, is its beginning.” And, since it has no beginning point on the time line, it can’t have an end point, either. The Tao is always present. That is how Lao Tzu explains it.

And the Tao is infinite, too. We have been talking about the infinite Tao for a few days now. It is its emptiness that makes it infinite. It makes it infinitely capable. Its possibilities are infinite. It gives birth to infinite worlds. But, does that really explain what infinity means? Well, the emptiness does hint at it. But, Lao Tzu explains it in a way, in today’s chapter, which was all new to me.

It has no desires for itself. Ah. Now, that emptiness is taking on even more meaning to me. Having no desire. Being empty. Having no desire for itself, it can be present for all beings. Infinity and eternity are forever intertwined with each other. The Tao is always present. It is always present for all beings.

Okay, that should be enough about the infinite and eternal for today. What am I supposed to do with this? This is when I ask myself what wise and virtuous persons do to harmonize with this infinite and eternal reality. Am I forever stuck on this finite and temporal time line; or, is there some way to tap into the infinite and eternal?

Understanding the Way things are, wise and virtuous persons find themselves ahead, because they stay behind. They are one with all things by being detached from them. They are perfectly fulfilled, because they have let go of themselves.

What exactly has happened here? It is what we learned about the Tao, yesterday. A wise and virtuous person begins with yin, not yang. Yang is all about getting ahead. But, yin is content with staying behind. Yang wants to be one with all things, while yin remains detached from them. However, by leading with yin, yang naturally follows. If we had led with yang, we would have had much different results. You will never be perfectly fulfilled by seeking to be perfectly fulfilled. Contentment isn’t about the things we don’t yet have, that we want so very much. Contentment is about being content, right now, in the present, the always present. If you want to be perfectly fulfilled, let go of all your desire, be empty, let go of all of yourself; you begin to realize fulfillment, contentment, isn’t something to attain, it is something to be, right here, right now. It isn’t something postponed. Because, that is what desire does for us. It postpones contentment, fulfillment, until later, once you have the object of your desire. But, when you are empty, it is always present.

Tomorrow, we will talk more about what wisdom and virtue mean. How do we harmonize with the Way things are?

follower-blog  asked:

I think the 4th Doctor quote from "State of Decay" is "no *temporal* displacement", not "no temporary displacement".

Ahh - you’re referring to this post here.

“…and no temporal displacement.” does make far more sense in relation to both what the Doctor is saying and what he is attempting to make the TARDIS do. I suspect the line was probably originally scripted as temporal.

…but the line Tom Baker delivers onscreen, rightly or wrongly, is definitely "…and no temporary displacement.”

I’ve checked. Twice.

Still… here’s the GIF of what Tom actually said;

Here’s a GIF of what we think he should have said;

Here’s a GIF of how the Eleventh Doctor might have phrased it;

And here’s what would have happened if I was flying the TARDIS.

Toodles! Cleo.

Do you know a story that two persons are destined to find each other? Destined fighting although they are who best understand each other. They know their love is reciploce and eternal. In every temporal line one have to see another die and support the empty that is stay alone. When these same people discover about it do you not wish that these two be happy together? Do you not wish that this cruel destiny have an end?

- A summary about Naruto & Sasuke relationship

waitingforthemoontoappear  asked:

Do you know how much time it's been since the train station moment? I'm a little lost in the temporal line and it seems to be happening very fast. Maybe it's just me :/

noo its not just you. i have a hard time keeping up with the timeline as well.

  • Here’s a pre-show timeline.
  • Here’s the Season One timeline
  • And here’s the timeline for the beginning of Season Two.

According to that, the show starts on November 23, 2012 and Kira is taken at the end of Season 1 around December 11, 2012. Based on the day/night cycles and character outfits etc., Season 2 appears to span less than 10 days. The only problem is that in 2x07 when Angie is at Vic/Alison’s Rehab you can see on her phone that the date is January 29, 2014 which throws off everything I just said unless its an error. (Pretty sure its an error.)

eta: Anonymous and maroonbones add: on aynsley’s grave it’s 2014, too. (link) so now i really have no clue.